Team USA basketball secured its worst-ever finish at a major international tournament this morning, beating Poland to finish 7th in the FIBA World Cup.
The Americans, who saw basically all of their top NBA players drop out of roster contention before the tournament, have still received a fair amount of criticism.
Gregg Popovich isn’t having it, though.
The Team USA first-year head coach had a harsh message for his team’s critics today.
“Some people want to play the blame game. There’s no blame to be placed anywhere,” Popovich said, per ESPN. “They want to play the shame game, like we should be ashamed because we didn’t win a gold medal? That’s a ridiculous attitude. It’s immature, it’s arrogant, and it shows that whoever thinks that doesn’t respect all the other teams in the world and doesn’t respect that these guys did the best they could.”
ESPN noted that 31 of the 35 players on Team USA’s roster last summer dropped out of World Cup contention this summer.
The Americans ended up getting led by Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Myles Turner, Harrison Barnes and a handful of other non-All Star NBA players.
The Summer Olympics next year should feature a much-different looking USA team.